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Mississippi accountant sentenced to jail for making false statements – Press Releases

A Mississippi man was sentenced today to 27 months in prison for filing false tax returns for his clients.

According to court documents and testimony at the court, Orland Reed worked at a tax filing firm in Gulfport. Between 2012 and 2014, Reed prepared tax returns for clients that contained one or more false items, including false educational credits, dependent information, federal income tax withholdings, and pension contributions, in order to receive larger refunds from the IRS than the clients were entitled to. Sometimes Reed also listed another accountant, although he prepared the statements himself.

In addition to filing false tax returns, on at least two occasions, Reed embezzled portions of his clients’ refunds, which were sent by the IRS to the tax preparation company in the form of prepaid debit cards. Notably, Reed deducted some of the funds on the cards before delivering them to customers.

In addition to the prison sentence, US District Judge Taylor B. McNeel ordered Reed to be released under supervision for a year and pay $69,185 in compensation to the United States.

Acting Assistant Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Department of Justice Tax Division and US Attorney Darren J. LaMarca of the Southern District of Mississippi made the announcement.

The IRS Criminal Investigation Department investigated the case.

Trial Attorney Kevin Schneider of the Tax Division and Assistant US Attorney Stan Harris for the Southern District of Mississippi prosecuted the case.

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